LOCAL AND GENERAL.
# The programme of the performance of "Jo," by the Ogden Dramatic Company will be oiroulated with the " Guardian" to-mor-row. It is believed thai the oloeing of 17 hotels m GeeloDg, Viotoria, m aooordanoe with the provisions of the new licensing Aot, will oost the Government £30,000. There is an improved demand for Tusoan wheat, consequent upon enquiries from Sydney. There is, however, no improvement m prioe as yet. I The entries for the ooursing meeting at Timaru were not published last night, as letters bearing yesterday's post mark have to be included. It was r stated (bat the patiiei to bind were »tisfe6tp*7,
Dr Rainy preached on Sunday at Christohuroh m the morning at St Andrews' and m tbe evening at St Paula' Presbyterian Churches, both services to orowcled oontjicgations. It haa bsen agreed m Sydney to form a league the objeat of whioh is to seoure the legislative prohibition of tbe manufacture, imports tion v and sale m New South Wftleß of all alcoholio liquors by the oleotion to Parliament of known liquor prohibitionists. A oablo messapo dated London August 22 states that Mr Dawes has proposed to the Directorate to write £3 per share off tbe capital of the New Zealand Shipping Com* pany. This heroic proposal is not likely to find favour with shareholders m the Colony, however, those on the London register may take it. A few days ngo a cross-bred ewe, the property of Mr O. Brown, of Quail Island, I Lyttelton, gavo birth to no lobb than five lambg. They were all perfect m form, but very small, and Mr Brown only succeeded m keeping alive one of the " litter." ] Quite an epidemio of meaßles appears to have set m amongst the residents of Ohristohurch and its suburos. The disease has confined numerous adults as well as children to th«ir homes for a Bhort time. Several business houses are reported to be temporarily Bhort handed on this aooount. A number of speoimena of sugar beet grown m Southland, have baen exhibited at Parliament buildingß by Mr Valentine, M.H.R. The beets are of remarkable size and quality, and it is suggested that if suoh fine beets can be grown m Southland, Canterbury ought to produce even finer samples. The oommittee of the Asbburton Raoing Club on Saturday night accepted the tender of Mr P Williams, £132, for building new shilling stand with refreshment room and bar underneath. Parts of the course and paddock have been dressed with Mount Somers lime, and other works are m view. The oivil sittings of the Supreme Court at Christchuroh were continued yesterday when the case of Columbus v Dixon was heard before a special jury. The plaintiff claimed £500 damages for the malioious proouring of a search warrant by the defendant to searoh the house of plaintiff for a oost. The jury returned a verdibt for the defendant. In respeot to the Ban Franoisoo mail servioe, Mr R. J. Oreighton, writing from San Franoisoo to a gentleman m Auokland, says: "A very strong sentiment has been created m favour of eubsidiog Amerioan steamships, and the aggressive attitude of the Oanadian-Paoifio has stimulated publio opinion very muoh. I have little doubt that the Oa'ifornian service will be subsidised by Congreßß, at its next session." One of those effecting instances of " love unto death," for the truth of whioh we oan vouoh, cays the "Stoobkeeper," is tbe late Mr John Bright'a Sootoh terrier bitch, Fly. Through his long illness ehe stack to him like a real true friend, and refused to leave him during the whole of the time, exoept two or three times a day for a few minutes. The poor little bitch got very fat from want of exeroise, and was quite out of aorta at the laßt. She is muoh better now. Although, while life was still m her master, nothing would make her leave the room, directly all was over she got up from her nest at the bottom of hiß bed, Bniffed his fftoe, left the room, and refused to re-enter ita An illustration of the inoonvenienoe oaused by the present train arrangements was Bhown yesterday m the oase of an Aehburton flolioitor who waß engaged to appear for o'ients m this diatriot before the Magistrate's Court at Temuka. The oourt Bat at 11 a.m., and business being brief was disposed of by noon, and the RM, returned to Timaru at 1.15 p.m. by the expreßß, by whioh train the Ashburton eolioitor and hiß olienta arrived to find that their case had been adjourned for a fortnight at their coßt. To be m time for tbe sitting of the oourl they would have had to leave Ashbutton by the 3.45 p.m. train on Saturday I Mr Pritohard Morgan's gold mine m Wales seems to have fulfilled the Bacguine hopes of its promoter, for during tbe past year no less than £36,000 worth of the precious metal has been extraotod from it m addition to a mass of quartz whioh avjaita orushing, and whioh, if tbe yield should continue the same, must contain half a million's worth of metal. The average yield giveß a profit of £5 123 per ton, whioh is about £1 per ton more than the richest goldfielda of Australia ever brought to their owners. Improved machinery, faoilitiee of transport, and other oiroumetanoeß will of course contribute to this result. Fully 5000 persons assembled m the publio park at Galashiels on June 29th to witness the presentation to tbe br&ea band of that town of some musical instruments bought with money Bent from New Zealand for that purpose by some old Galasbiels natives. The Galasbielß band is admittedly the premier one m Sootland, but if it be true, as one aooount says, that the instruments over wbioh all this fusß was mado oonsiats only of a couple of trombones oosting £12, it will be seen that il does not take muoh to draw out the'vanity with whioh muaioiana, like singers, artists, and aotors, are so liberaliy endowed. — «• Witness " correspondent. Considering tbe comparative ease with whioh onions oan be grown m New Zealand, it is extraordinary (says the "Oam«u Mail ") that tbe consumers should be asked to pay 6d per pound for the article, and at a season of the year when they are supposed to be the most plentiful. While the retail price here is £50 per ton, Sydney quotations show that New Zealand grown onions are selling there at £20, or 150 ger oent. less than what the consumer baa to pay for them here. With the advantages we possess for growing the vegetable, we ought to be m a position to export a large quantity and have plenty for looal consumption, instead of having to buy largely from outsiders. A somewhat interesting oase is likely to occupy the attention of an R.M. shortly; It appears (says the " tabiatua Star ") that a certain young man obtained permission from tbe father of a family to pay his respect? to tbe daughter (or aunt or grand* mother, we are not quite sure which). Tb,e courting has been going on for some time now and a large number of meals have been consumed by the ardent lover whilst engaged m the pleasing occupation. In the meantime the lover performed work at bußhf elling for the head of the family to tbe tune of about £5. The oourting proceeded, and meala were still consumed. By-and-by the gay young lover sent m his aooount to the family for £5 ; but lo and behold, a contra acoount was immediately produced for meals, eto. The oourting is now suspended. What the Magistrate will think of the oases when they come before him we shou'd not like to say, but there Bhould be some fun over the affair, We dip the following important testimonio from the •• Illawarra Meroury " (N.S.W.) of the 30th Maroh. It needs no comment: — " Mr John Loved ay, of the Bulli Mountain, wri,oe to ub that after suffering for four years with acute gravel, he has experienced almost complete relief by using Sander and Sons' Euoalypti Extraot. He says seeing the said Extract advertised m the 'Illawarra Meroury,' his intense Buffering induced him to obtain a bottle of the medicine from Mr fjosking, chemist,' of this town, apd that the use of |t gave him great relief at once. IJe states that between the 10th Maroh instant, when he obtained tbe first bottle of the extract, and the 10th, the use of that medioine continued to afford him relief, to which be had been a stranger for four years. Mr Loveday writes also that he has found the Euoalypti Extract a oure for rheumatism aB \sell as gravel. lie requests us 'to publish this information through the • Meroury.' We have muoh pleasure m complying with Mr Loveday's request, whose word oannot be doubted, and who oan have no objeot m view other than a pure desire to benefit Buffering humanity," — Advt. ____ 2
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